Making sure everyone is working together for children S40


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The Care Inspectorate have commenced an innovative and holistic approach to inspections of services for children across Community Planning Partnership areas. Four pilot “Joint Inspections” have been carried out, with others underway. The Expo coincides with the publication of a report independently evaluating the pilot inspections. This will be of significant interest to all children’s services providers and wider CPP partners and this session will offer an opportunity to discuss this development. Contributed by: Care Inspectorate.

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  • The quality indicator framework supports evaluation of services for all children, young people and families.
    It also allows a particular focus on vulnerable groups children and young people. You will find that these are not named or mentioned allowing the indicators to be used to help evaluate how well services are improving the lives of one particular group of choice, say, children who are young carers or children with a disability. The guide may also be used to help evaluate how services are supporting a broader group of children and young people.
    The quality indicators place a strong emphasis on supporting families to be strong and resilient and to meet their children’s needs.
    It also places the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention as central to improving lives .
    The indicators cover the child’s journey from pre-birth to 18 years and beyond for care leavers as corporate parenting responsibilities continue into adulthood.
    Collective leadership focuses on how well leaders work together to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people through a shared vision and unity of purpose; collaborative leadership to plan and direct the delivery of integrated services; and the success of leaders in challenging staff to embrace new ways of working to improve the lives of children and young people.
  • Making sure everyone is working together for children S40

    1. 1. Making sure everyone is working together for children Sarah Blackmore Depute Director (Children’s Services & Criminal Justice)
    2. 2. Who we are • We are Scotland’s independent scrutiny and improvement body responsible for: – regulation and inspection of care and support services (including criminal justice services) – scrutiny of social work services – joint inspections, with partners, of services for adults and children.
    3. 3. Who we are • We regulate and inspect care services for people of all ages • We help services improve the quality of care • We were established under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 as “SCSWIS” • We operate independently from the Scottish Government but are accountable to it and publicly funded.
    4. 4. Aberdeen office Dundee office and headquarters Musselburgh office Hamilton office Paisley office … and 11 local offices throughout Scotland. Where we are
    5. 5. • Annette Bruton: Chief Executive • Karen Anderson: Depute Chief Executive / Director of Strategic Development • Gordon Weir: Director of Corporate Services • Dr Robert Peat: Director of Inspection Senior staff
    6. 6. • The Care Inspectorate believes that people in Scotland should experience a better quality of life as a result of accessible, excellent services that are designed and delivered to reflect their individual needs and promote their rights. Vision
    7. 7. • We inspect and grade around 14,000 regulated care services used by people of all ages • We provide scrutiny of social work services in Scotland’s 32 local authorities • With partner bodies, we carry out joint inspections of children’s and adult services on a strategic basis What we do
    8. 8. What we inspect
    9. 9. • Inspectors moved from working in generic teams to working in teams of specialist knowledge • 142 inspectors & team managers for children’s services, across teams in children, young people, and justice • Based across Scotland but work in national teams • This enhances our work in improvement Inspectors
    10. 10. • Provide assurance and protection for people who use services, their families and carers and the wider public • Play a key part in improving services for adults and children across Scotland • Act as a catalyst for change and innovation • Promote good practice It’s our job to…
    11. 11. Person-Centred: we will put people at the heart of everything we do Fairness: we will act fairly, be transparent and treat people equally Respect: we will be respectful in all that we do Integrity: we will be impartial and act to improve care for the people of Scotland Efficiency: we will provide the best possible quality and public value from our work Our values
    12. 12. The current Corporate Plan sets three outcomes - key ways of knowing if the Care Inspectorate is successful: The quality of services in Scotland is improving People understand the quality of service they should expect and have a good experience of services centred on their needs, rights and risks The Care Inspectorate performs effectively and efficiently as an independent, scrutiny and improvement body and works well in partnership with other bodies New plan due from April 2014. Corporate Plan
    13. 13. Resources • 600 staff (300 are front-line inspectors) • Annual budget of around £34 million • Current budget is 8.6% lower than the combined budgets of predecessor bodies • Build in efficiency savings targets in all that we do • Savings fund the cost of additional inspection and improvement work, including the new statutory requirement to inspect every care home and care-at-home service annually
    14. 14. • Our inspection plan is agreed by Scottish Ministers • Most inspections are unannounced or short- notice • More focus on poorer and high risk services • Inspectors use a variety of methods to inspect • We follow up inspections with recommendations, requirements and enforcement action if necessary How we inspect
    15. 15. Inspecting • We visit every service we inspect and talk to users, carers and families • We talk to staff and managers privately & in groups • Examine what quality of care is being provided • Look at the activities happening on the day • Examine records and files • Ensure people have choices that reflect their needs and promote their rights
    16. 16. Inspecting • Visits can last a day or multiple days • For regulated care services, we usually use one inspector, but not always • We take account of: – self assessment – National Care Standards – recommendations we made previously – any complaints against the service – any enforcement actions we have
    17. 17. Developed by Scottish Ministers, they: • apply to care services • are written from the perspective of the person using the service • guide service providers on how to provide good quality care • inform people who use care services about what to expect. Consultation on new NCS is about to be launched National Care Standards
    18. 18. Experts • Inspectors can draw advice from a team of in-house experts: • Team of consultants: – child & adolescent mental health, infection • Team of professional advisers in: – pharmacy, palliative care, mental health, nutrition, infection prevention & control, medical practice
    19. 19. Involvement • We want to hear as many views from users of care services as possible • We involve inspection volunteers in some inspections: people with experience of care • Mainly in adult services, but we have a commitment to increase the involvement young people across all our work • For joint inspections of children’s services, we are involving young inspectors as full members of the inspection teams
    20. 20. Grading • All regulated care services are graded: Grade 6 – Excellent Grade 5 – Very good Grade 4 – Good Grade 3 – Adequate Grade 2 – Weak Grade 1 – Unsatisfactory • 4 quality themes are assessed: – quality of care and support – quality of environment – quality of staffing – quality of management & leadership • All reports are published online
    21. 21. Care services • Summary of grades at 31 January 2014 Theme 1: Quality of Care and Support Grade 6 – Excellent 8.4% Grade 5 – Very good 53.8% Grade 4 – Good 30.3% Grade 3 – Adequate 5.9% Grade 2 – Weak 1.3% Grade 1 – Unsatisfactory 0.3%
    22. 22. Complaints • Our national complaints team investigate complaints about care services • Can be made anonymously to our National Enquiry Line • In 2012/3, we received 3,172 complaints • The 3 most frequent subjects were: – health & welfare – communication with users/relatives – staffing levels
    23. 23. Ministers asked the Care Inspectorate to lead joint inspections of services for children and young people, to: • improve outcomes for all children and young people • provide assurance about the quality of services for children and young people • help to improve services and build capacity
    24. 24. Our overarching approach: • is in line with the principles of Getting it right for every child • is child-centred and based around the experience of the child’s journey • supports improved self-evaluation • where possible, joins up scrutiny and makes use of evidence from other inspection • builds upon the successful model of the joint inspections of services to protect children This requires an inspection footprint of 6 months, but only 13 days on site.
    25. 25. Key features • a framework of quality indicators: How well are the lives of children and young people? A guide to evaluating services using quality indicators • a focus on how well services are working together to improve the lives of all children vulnerable children and young people continued focus on children in need of protection
    26. 26. Scope of the inspection • the child’s journey from pre-birth – 18 years and beyond for care leavers • applicable to vulnerable groups of children and young people and families • collective leadership of the community planning partnership – shared responsibility, integration and transformational change
    27. 27. Who is involved? Care Inspectorate – Strategic Inspectors – Young Inspectors – Team Manager – Associate Assessors HMICS Education Scotland Healthcare Improvement Scotland Admin Officer/Head of Inspection
    28. 28. Where are we now? • 4 pilot inspections completed and published (City of Edinburgh, Orkney, Argyll and Bute, North Ayrshire) • 7 inspections in 2013/14 East Dunbartonshire and Midlothian – published Dumfries and Galloway, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, East Lothian and Highland underway • 6 inspections in 2014/15 East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire already announced
    29. 29. Associate Assessor We are establishing a pool of associate assessors to join inspection teams. They are practitioners and managers across a range of partners who will: •bring the perspective of current practice and challenges of partnership/integrated working •increase transparency and credibility •build capacity for joint self-evaluation and improvement
    30. 30. Young inspectors Specially trained young people with experience of care who join inspection teams and play a full role. They: •interview senior managers and chief executives •explore corporate parenting and the involvement of children and young people in policy and service development •examine strategic plans from a young person’s perspective •speak to young people
    31. 31. Young inspectors video